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Police to Participate in Statewide Crackdown on Drunk Driving

Ocean City police will set up sobriety checkpoints and assign extra patrols.

Law enforcement officials from the Ocean City Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season "Over the Limit Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign.

Beginning Dec. 2 and running through Jan. 2, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools.

"This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent," Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan said. "This initiative brings attention to the serious consequences of drunk driving and the grave danger those who choose to drink and drive pose to all who share the road with them."

Last year in New Jersey, 19 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Nationally, during the combined months of December between 2007 and 2012, there were 4,169 people killed in drunk driving crashes.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 Year-End Holiday Statewide Crackdown" offer the following advice:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
  • Always buckle up, every ride. It's your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
— News release from the Ocean City Police Department
Patches O'Houlihan December 03, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Don't worry, as long as you are a nice guy and a lot of people around town like you it is ok to drink and drive. Especially if you drink at one of the 4 or so watering holes in Ocean City. These laws only apply to new comers and out of town folks.
Colonel December 03, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Forget about the drunk drivers. There are very few of them still driving. Instead, they should be concentrating on the people on their phones talking and texting. There are a helluva lot more of them around than drunk drivers.

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